Youth in Action for Development (YAD)

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YAD Launches Community Market and Social Mobilization Centre Construction Project

Youth in Action for Development (YAD) has today, 9th November 2019, launched another community development project at Ngiehun Konjo town, Malegohun chiefdom, Kenema district.  Among the distinguished stakeholders who graced the occasion were the Resident Minister – Eastern Province, Hon. Andrew A. Fatorma; Provincial Secretary – Eastern Province, Mohamed Sheik Kargbo; Senior District Officer – Eastern Province, Andrew Kaipumoh; Chairman and Governor of Kenema District Council, Mr. Mohamed Sesay , Paramount Chief – Malegohun Chiefdom, Hon. Madam Salay Satta Gendemeh, and many more.

Resident Minister, Eastern Region, Mr Andrew Fatorma Speaking

In his opening remarks, the Provincial Secretary, Mr Mohamed Sheik Kargbo who doubled as chairperson of the occasion, welcomed all and sundries and expressed his sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Konjo Community for being unanimous about development in their own locality. He further thanked the staff and management of YAD for crafting such an innovative project for the Konjo community. He then assured them of his blessings and unreserved support.

Presenting background of the project, the Programme Coordinator, Othman Sheriff explained that the project is co-funded by Fambul Tik, YAD and BMZ of the Government of Federal Republic of Germany and the main objectives are to trigger socioeconomic development for women, forester sociocultural cohesion and peaceful coexistence mong the youth, hence to solidify peace, democracy and good governance in Malegohun Chiefdom in general and Konjo community in particular.  He further revealed that the project entails a market hall which will be located on the ground floor, a community mobilization hall located on the top floor, 10 KW solar package, a PA system and series of capacity building sessions for the youth who shall take over management of the project facility in order to ensure future sustainability.

Cross-section of project beneficiaries

In her response, the Paramount Chief, Madam Salay Satta Gendemeh thanked the staff and management of YAD, assuring them of her commitment to provide then the necessary emotional and moral supports throughout project implementation. She further thanked the district administrators and other distinguished personalities for their endeavour to participate in what she called “a ground-breaking occasion” in her chiefdom.  “It has always been my desire to see YAD and Fambul Tik turn to Malegohun chiefdom with their development projects. Therefore, today’s occasion is a dream-comes true” she stated.  She further called on the youth and leaders of the Konjo community to provide YAD and its technical team whatever support they might require to expedite project implementation.   

Speaking on behalf of the Kenema District Council, the Governor of Kenema District Council, Mr Mohamed Sesay expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to YAD and the Konjo community for initiating such an innovative project, adding that “district councils are responsible for all development activities in every district; therefore”, he said, “this project is intended to complement our own efforts, which is why we won’t allow anyone to undermine it”.  He further assured YAD and the Konjo community of his unwavering support throughout project implementation, hence it’s in firm conformity with and solid support of President Bio’s New Direction agenda.  Governor Sesay concluded his lengthy speech by advising the skilled labourers who have been contracted to implement the project, to maintain their own respects and integrity while staying in the project community.

Community at work

Upon his arrival, though a bit later than expected due to unavoidable schedules, the Resident Minister – East, Hon. Andrew A. Fatorma buttressed the words of previous speakers. He then remarked that “it has been rumoured that some misguided individuals in the Konjo community have been trying to jeopardise this project”. “I must hasten to warn them that they should stop forthwith; no man born of woman can stop this project, because it’s the voice and desire of the Konjo community, which is why I’m giving it my supports and blessings” he reaffirmed.

Hon. Fatorma then advised the implementing agency and beneficiary community to put in place stringent accountability and transparency measures that can ensure future sustainability of the project.

Upon pouring libations before scooping the first concrete, Hon. Fatorma advised the youth to remain law abiding and peaceful citizens so that they can live longer and tell the stories to their own children.


YAD Commissioned Its National Headquarters and Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre in Kenema City

YAD has on Saturday, 12th January, 2019 inaugurated its newly constructed Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) at 55a Maxwell Khobe Street in Kenema city. The occasion which attracted all stakeholders across the region, was organized in the Peace and Unity Hall which is also a part component of the project.

In his key note address, the Resident minister east, Hon. Andrew Ansu Fatorma thanked the staff and YAD and their donor partners for such a unique and magnificent job.  He further stated that as a government and as elders of the society, they have an obligation to give support to the youth of the day at all times. He said the first flagship program of the current government is education for the youth which is what YAD is working to promote. He therefore assured the management of YAD of his fullest support to make the MYRC project sustainable. He said the youth need to be thoroughly guided so that they can be meaningfully useful for the nation.

The minister cautioned the youth to be focused in learning from the elders, adding that the time they will take over from them it will just be a continuation of duty in the interest of national development.  He then assured his audience of government’s continues support for the youths in the nation. He appealed to all to make good use of the new facility as it belongs to them all.

The chairman Kenema district council, Mohamed Amadu “O” Level Sesay, in his statement also thanked the staff and management of YAD for the good job and called on the youth to always work as a team and he cautioned them to stop the issue of pulls him down syndrome, and for them to continue working together as a unit, adding that he is in the council to protect the affairs of the youth at all times. 

Giving brief background of YAD/Fambul Tik’s success stories including the Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre project, the project Coordinator Simma Sheriff, said that the two organizations share the view that young people can only feel safe when they have proper education, skills-know how, secured jobs, and reliable sources of income. This also means that unhindered access to justice, the right to decide with whom to live or associate, healthy and sound family life, affordable housing, hubs and co-working spaces, learning centers such as schools and community libraries, good recreational centers such as theatres and sport complex, and more promote this view. This is the reason why the staff and volunteers of the organizations had been living with serious apprehension regarding the unstable nature of the rented space they have been using as an office. In “May 2017, the organization successfully hammered home its proposal to erect a “Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre (MYRC) which should serve as its own headquarters and a true “safe space for youth” in the region”, he stated. He then explained that the project was co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Fambul Tik e.V. and YAD, and that it entails  three major phases, each with distinct features.

The MYRC phase one entails a modern assembly hall, cafeteria, digital library, digital photo lab, conference rooms, administrative offices and temporal logging. The entire facility is powered by a 23KW solar system that makes it completely energy independent.

MYRC phase two entails mainly diverse skill training facilities. The objective is to facilitate access of under privileged youth to high quality skills, which could enable them become self-reliant and economically independent. It includes dressmaking, cosmetology, catering, secretariat and office management, screen printing and sport. The sport component provides many modern sport apparatus such as gymnastic gadgets, billiard, table tennis, table football etc. This phase, when successfully completed, shall be called youth Resource Academy (YRA) and it shall turn the MYRC into the safest youth kingdom in Sierra Leone. This project is currently ongoing with the hope of completing it by December 2019.  Phase three shall be the general and continues management of the entire facility.

The organization also used the occasion as an opportunity to display to the pubic the King Hamad Award for Youth Empowerment to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals which they won early 2018.  The award, which includes a trophy, certificate of recognition and cash donation, was presented to YAD by King Isa Al-Khalifa of Bahrain at a special occasion organized at his palace in the Bahraini capital of Manama.

Earlier in her statement, the deputy Regional Director in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs (MSWGCA), Mad. Alice Jeneba Koroma who chaired the ceremony, said that the business of the youth, women and children are on the center heart of her ministry and it’s a flagship of the central government’s New Direction Agenda.

The programme started with a youth cohesion match between Action Star Youth Club (ASYC) and Burma One and Tow (BYDA) as one team, and Pujehun Youth Developmental Organization (PYDO) and Ultimate Family as another.  While the female wing of the former won the volley match the male wing of the later won the football match.

Earlier in her statement, the chairperson for the ceremony who also doubled as the deputy Regional Director in the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs (MSWGCA) madam Alice Jeneba Koroma said that the business of the youth, women and children are on the center heart of her ministry and it’s a flagship of the central government’s New Direction Agenda.


YAD Launches Youth Resource Centre Construction Project in Kenema

YAD has today launched another social infrastructural development project in Kenema city. Titled Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre, the project will house YAD’s administrative headquarters, a youth conference/assembly hall, modern catering facility, digital library that will provide more than 50 thousand electronics books and research materials for both secondary and tertiary students, ICT training and digital/screen printing services.

The occasion attracted hundreds of admirers and all stakeholders including the Residence Minister of eastern region, Hon. Karamoh Kabbah. Among other stakeholders were the Provincial Secretary – eastern region, Senior District Officer- Kenema district, the Deputy Mayor – Kenema municipality, Town Chief – Kenema city, representatives of all relevant government ministries and executives of YAD affiliated youth groups.

While formally turning the foundation soil, the Resident Minister, Karamor Kabbah, Provincial Secretary, Mr Panicking, and the Town Chief, Kenie Momoh Ngombulango in various tones affirmed their undeterred support and expressed their sincere gratitude and appreciations to the board and management of YAD for their tireless efforts in providing valuable development projects for the youths in the region. They further expressed their blessings and support for whatever bureaucratic backing the organization might require in order to ensure successful implementation of the project.

Various speakers ushered similar appreciations and blessings upon YAD for this historic project.





YAD Launches a Modern Science Lab Construction Project in Kenema

YAD has today, 27th May 2017, launched a new educational development project in Kenema city. Titled Millennium STEM and Learning Centre, the project is funded by Professor Francis Amara, a Sierra Leonean scholar and his family who are based in Winnipeg, Canada.

The launching and foundation laying ceremony which took place this morning at SLC school compound in central Kenema, was attended by numerous authorities including the Deputy Mayor, Madam Esther Guanya Kaisama, Regional Coordinator of National Youth Commission, Mr. Kongoh Sama, Representatives of Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Youth and Sport.

Explaining background of the project upon officially turning the foundation soil, the Coordinator, Othman Sheriff who also doubled as the funder’s representative, explained that Professor Amara’s dream is to provide a modern science laboratory facility for SLC Mission with the primary objective to make science education reachable and affordable for Sierra Leonean youth and children in the eastern region.

It must be noted that Professor Francis Amara is an alumnus of the SLC Primary School and his motive is to pay back the SLC Mission for showing him during his childhood the path to where he is today.

The occassion was chaired by Alhaji Mohamed Koroma, chairman of the school's Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and it was attended by hundreds of jubilant pupils, families and caretakers.

Attached is pictorial review of the occasion    



YAD Celebrates ITC Graduation and Youth Cohesion Match in a Grand Style

YAD organized today its long awaited certification and graduation ceremony in Kenema city.  The ceremony which took place at the organization’s headquarters at Duawoh Street, attracted hundreds of participants from diverse sectors of the society including academicians,  traditional, religious and political leaders, and  respective families of the graduates.

Presenting the certificates and diplomas, Othman Sheriff, the Programme Coordinator admonished the candidates to see the event as just the beginning of their journey into the world of information technology, referring to education as the only personalized asset that cannot be inherited by anyone.   “You can inherit a throne, money and physical assets from your parents, but you can never inherit education. Because it’s acquired through individual efforts and it becomes part and parcel of your very self and you shall be buried with it whenever you die” he stated.

The ceremony targeted 25 students who have gone through basic ICT training at the Multipurpose Youth Resource Centre and are eligible to possess a diploma certificate in accordance with the basic professional requirements of the Sierra Leonean business environment.

The celebration started on Friday afternoon with the organization’s annual Youth Cohesion Match which brought Action Star Youth Club (ASYC) and Gbo-kakajama Youth in Action for Progress (GYAP) into the pitch with volleyball for girls and football for boys. The two rival clubs peacefully locked horns for several hours at the Kenema Police Barracks Field in constant friendly mood.  While the volleyball ended in favour of ASYC with 2 points, the football ended in favour of GYAP after ASYC ran out of luck during penalty kecks.The Youth Cohesion Cup was provided by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)’s Youth Solidarity Fund in the year 2013 as a symbol of unity and peaceful coexistence of youth from diverse political, religious and ethnic backgrounds in Kenema city. The match is organized by YAD annually and this years’ event was funded by Synergie Inkasso GmbH and Fambul Tik e.V. which are based in Berlin, Germany.